FIFA panel invites debate on shortening soccer matches to 60 minutes – Chicago Tribune

Soccer’s rule-making panel wants debate on moving to 60-minute games and stopping the clock when the ball is not in play.

Playing two halves each of 30 minutes’ actual playing time would be a “radical change” to the Laws of Football, the FIFA-supported International Football Association Board acknowledged.

It features in a five-year strategy document of talking points and proposals with three goals — to increase respect, playing time and attractiveness of the game.

“The aim of this document is to generate discussion and take a ‘fresh’ look at how the Laws could make the game better,” IFAB said in the document called “Play Fair!”


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